Download the Current Microsoft Office Service Pack or Public Update

Links for Office 2016, 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, Office 2007, and More

Microsoft Office 365
Courtesy Microsoft

Know which version of Microsoft Office you use? That's all you need to start downloading an important update known as a service pack for older versions and a public update for newer versions. 

Find Out Which Version of Microsoft Office You Have (Fast!)

Once you know that, find the coordinating direct links for downloads here below:

Microsoft Office 2016

Service packs do not apply to Office 2016 at the time of this writing.

Instead, if you do not have automatic updates, check out the latest Public Update.

Microsoft Office 2013

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition

Tip: How to know which bit version you need? Determine which version is right for your device by visiting this article on how to Choose Between a 34- and 64-bit Version of Office.

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2 - 32-bit version

Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2 - 64-bit version

Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 - 32-bit version

Microsoft Office 2003

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 - 32-bit version

Microsoft Office XP

Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 - 32-bit version

This contains all updates included in Office XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and updates released after SP2.

Microsoft Office 2000

Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3 - 32-bit version

Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Online

Office 365 is a cloud suite, and one of its advantages is, you don't need updates or service packs. Instead, Microsoft takes care of that on its servers, and when you log in to your Office 365 account, you will automatically be accessing the latest version.

The same idea applies to Office Online, though you may need to update if you sync to your desktop.

Refer to the General Office Updates site for questions about this or any other version mentioned in this article.

What to Expect from the Update Process

Public updates and service packs are simple to install but the process does run about 30 minutes. In the middle of the process you will be asked to shut down your computer and restart, so be sure to save work and close programs before you begin.

Manual Versus Automatic Updates

For other options including setting up automatic updates along these lines, please visit 3 Options for Keeping Your Version of Microsoft Office Current.

Service Packs Versus Patches

Microsoft continually fixes aspects of Office even after each version (2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, etc) is released. Since not every user wants to update each fix individually as they are completed, service packs evolved. They allow you to install a bunch of fixes in a set, all at once--and staying updated is important.

Many users do not wait until that service pack bundle is released. Instead, they follow a monthly forum known as Patch Tuesday, which facilitates manual updates to Office and Windows on a more regular basis.

How to Find and Use Microsoft's Monthly Patch Tuesday Security Bulletins

Again, keep in mind that Microsoft is moving toward public updates.

Behind the Scenes: How Service Packs Work

Interested in the nitty-gritty? Not all software or operating system service packs are built on the same premise. A given service pack might be cumulative or incremental. A cumulative service pack includes all the fixes of previous versions as well. On the other hand, an incremental service pack gives the downloader only the new value compared to previous service packs.

Microsoft is a perfect example. The Service Release, or SR-1, was an incremental update. This tended to create messes because it meant sometimes one had to install the Service Release before a Service Pack. Now, the Service Packs for Microsoft Office are cumulative which means users do not have to de-tangle a mess of updates and fixes.

For example, you must first install Office 2000 SR1a before finalizing installation of Office 2000 SP3.

Why You Should Keep Your Service Pack Current

Microsoft states on their download site that service packs "improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates." This is why it is important to stay current with your service pack. The same is true for public updates. If you install the most recent one, you get all previous fixes as well.

Keeping your installation current makes programs more stable and secure.